James 4:7 – Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
A software developer once created a website with a form to sign up customers. At the bottom of the sign-up page, the developer placed a button that said, “SUBMIT.” When he showed the design to his business colleagues, they said, “Why does that button say, ‘Submit?’ I thought we were past that now.” They could not see that submit was clearly the best word. Even in this simple context, we still resist submission.
We are rather stubborn by nature. Aren’t we? This same nature landed the Israelites in trouble many times when the Lord called them a stiff-necked people. When they submitted to the direction of God, they prospered. When they resisted the Lord, they perished.
Following a great period of conquest, Joshua left the people saying, “Take good heed therefore unto yourselves, that ye love the Lord your God. Else if ye do in any wise go back, and cleave unto the remnant of these nations, even these that remain among you, and shall make marriages with them, and go in unto them, and they to you: Know for a certainty that the Lord your God will no more drive out any of these nations from before you; but they shall be snares and traps unto you, and scourges in your sides, and thorns in your eyes, until ye perish from off this good land which the Lord your God hath given you” (Joshua 23:11-13).
Today, Christians live in the era where Grace has been revealed and forgiveness given through Jesus Christ. The rise of the Kingdom of Heaven began during His earthly ministry and continues today. While the Grace of God made way the path to life eternal, it is important to realize that we are still made for good works. Good works glorify God and edify the Church. Submission the King is the only way. No rebel ever pleased God in rebellion. Long live the King!